“Two top executives from Scripps Networks Interactive will gain big portfolios at Discovery Communications now that the $12 billion merger of independent cable programmers is nearly completed,” Variety reports.
“Discovery confirmed Thursday that Scripps’ Kathleen Finch will take over a big portfolio of networks in her new role as chief lifestyle brands officer, overseeing HGTV, Food Network, TLC, ID, Travel Channel, DIY Network, Cooking Channel, Discovery Life, American Heroes Channel, Destination America, Great American Country and Lifestyle Digital Studio,” Variety adds. “She had been chief programming, content and brand officer for Scripps.”
The report also notes that Rich Ross is out after almost four years as head of Discovery Channel and Science Channel. “TLC President Nancy Daniels will take on oversight of the Discovery mothership and Science with her promotion to chief brand officer of Discovery and Factual,” Variety reports. “Howard Lee will rise from exec VP of TLC and Discovery Life to president and g.m. of both cablers, reporting to Finch.”
Discovery also sent out an announcement today detailing other leadership changes for the combined companies. Please click here to see the full announcement.